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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Reviving poetry with Noght Kite Revival

Kristi Kates - September 27th, 2010
Reviving Poetry with Night Kite Revival
By Kristi Kates
Night Kite Revival is most definitely not what Northern Michiganders
have come to expect from the Traverse City Opera House. And that’s not
a bad thing.
“They’re probably the most interesting performers we’ve had here,”
enthuses City Opera House General Manager Diana Barrie.
Entertaining audiences for over ten years, the trio--namely Derrick
Brown, Buddy Wakefield, and Anis Mojgani--have a number of
accomplishments among them. Brown has opened for indie bands like The
Flaming Lips and Cold War Kids, and Mojgani and Wakefield are both
two-time Individual National Poetry Slam Champions. Under the trio’s
new name--”Night Kite Revival” being an apt description for this
“verbal circus,” as they’re often described--they’ll be appearing at
the Opera House on October 5.

POETRY PERCEPTIONS
Poetry recitals or poetry slams often get a bad rap in general among
those looking for on-stage entertainment. But unlike the typical
incarnations of either of these events, Night Kite Revival’s three
talents, who have also appeared on HBO and The Tonight Show, combine
their skills and wit to intrigue their audiences and make them think
twice about the on-stage rapport.
“I was not a poetry fan before,” Barrie says, “but then I read one of
their books, and I now volunteer to help them with their performances.
Their poetry is political, thoughtful, humorous, and challenging,” she
continues. “It’s actually very different from the in-your-face, loud
experience that my perception of spoken-word poetry was before.”
The members of Night Kite Revival themselves also have a unique
perception of - well, pretty much everything around them. When asked a
few questions about the group, Brown’s answers are half humor, half
logic - a good insight to what you can expect at NKR’s performance.
On how they met, Brown says: “We all ended up at the gym at the same
time because of the Founders’ Day Jubilee,” he explains. “we tied the
burlap sack race. When Anis fell, he said ‘This hurts like an elephant
suffocating on Mars,’ and the rest is poetic history.”
Brown has a similar response when asked how the trio puts together
their live show.
“The way the theatre experience was crafted was through a public poll
involving 500 people, where we asked ‘what is boring about poetry?’
Then we got rid of 45% of what was boring. The other 50% is all from
our creative minds, and the remaining 5% is the boring again. You do
the math,” he concludes.

WHAT’S IN A NAME
As for the name that the trio settled on, Brown’s answer is slightly
more sober - well, after a recital of the zany names that they could
have chosen.
“Other possible titles for the show were: The Tree Lemons, Night
Moves, The 14 Musket Tears, New Jersey: The Traveling Road Show, and
Gary Boggle On Ice,” Brown says, “but then we realized that our souls
were as dark as a kite flying in the night, so maybe we should just do
that.”
A few additional names - aka special guests - will be joining Night
Kite Revival for their Traverse City show.
“They’ll also have (poetry slam performers) Robbie Q. and Mighty Mike
McGee with them,” Barrie says, “which makes this show a little
different from their other national shows.”
Said to be like “a rock concert, improv show, dance party, and poetry
reading all rolled into one,” NKR’s performances - which are more akin
to events or “happenings,” if you want to use a ’60s term -- are
well-regarded and often thought of as the pinnacle of what a
poetry-slam-meets-theater-experience can be.
From their appearances at the Austin Poetry Slam (“one of the
highlights of our year!”) to the Wordstock Literary Festival (“truly
phenomenal - the Revival is the real thing”), Night Kite Revival fills
the room with energy and - much like Barrie experienced - may indeed
change how you perceive today’s modern poetry.
You can definitely expect a few laughs, too - but be sure to have a
snack before you go.
“On stage and off - they’re hilarious,” Barrie says, “but remember -
it is strictly a B.Y.O.C. - bring your own churros-show,” Brown grins.

Night Kite Revival will be appearing at the Traverse City Opera House
on October 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at
www.cityoperahouse.org. Strong language and mature content may not be
appropriate for everyone.

 
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